Earthquake Charlotte NC, A 5.1 magnitude earthquake was reported near Sparta.

A moderate 5.1 magnitude earthquake shook several states in the Southeastern U.S. on Sunday morning.

The earthquake struck at 8:07 a.m.ET about a mile south-southeast of Sparta, North Carolina, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Sparta is on the North Carolina-Virginia border about 90 miles north of Charlotte, North Carolina.

It was the sixth earthquake in the area in a little more than 24 hours. A series of small quakes began at 7:05 a.m. Saturday. The strongest of those was a 2.6 magnitude tremor that struck about 2 miles south of Sparta at 1:57 a.m. Sunday, the USGS reported.

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The USGS reported that the quake was felt as far south as Augusta, Georgia, and as far north as Staunton, Virginia.

“It was like riding one of those waves where it lifts you up and sets you back down,” Sparta Mayor Wes Brinegar told WTVD. “It sounded like a locomotive going by the house. We had a little bit of structural damage here, not much. … Our town is very good. We lost a few bricks and a few chimneys; no broken windows.”

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“Not even a minute passed and the side-to-side motion started,” Michael Hull, who was at his home in Sparta, told The Associated Press. “It takes you a minute to realize what’s happening, and you just can’t believe it. Then it was over. It was loud, like God was shaking a mountain at you, literally.”

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Twitter users from across North and South Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee reported feeling the tremor. Houses shook for four or five seconds.

Social media posts showed cracked roadways, bricks falling off chimneys and broken dishes. A video posted on Twitter by a WGHP journalist showed a broken water line and buckled roads in Sparta.

Photos from a Food Lion grocery store in Sparta showed items knocked off shelves, broken bottles and a damaged light fixture hanging from the ceiling.


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